am very saddened to report the Final Voyage of our shipmate Rick
Flanagan on December 28, 2009. While using his snow blower to
clear some paths aroundhis home the Lord called Rick home. As
many of you have already learned during our reunion gatherings,
Rick was a wonderful man. He was the epitome of a true sailor
when ships were made of wood and men were made of iron. At the
same time he was a sensitive and caring guy that always placed
the needs of others before his own.
To all hands having
had the privilege to know
Rick Flanagan, RD3 55-58
While Rick had an outstanding
military career as an Air Force Officer, Ret., his first love
was the Perry. It was during a Perry cruise to Edinburgh that
he met the gorgeous Scottish charmer Joy Arrighi who was to become
his wife in 1958. Isn't it just wonderful that Rick & Joy
got to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and were again
able to visit the city that was the start of their life long
Rick was a very active
member of our Perry Association since its inception in 1999.
He was the Perry Historian, served on the Membership Council
& Advisory Committee, was our Memorabilia Custodian and most
recently was unanimously elected Treasurer. Rick and Joy were
also Hall of Fame supporters many times over and initiated and
chaired the committee of the Commemorative Wall Plaque Campaign
for the United States Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington,
DC. This project was especially special to the Flanagan's because
this is where Joy obtained her US Citizenship. In between all
of these chores he also managed to author several Western Books.
I guess I can safely say Rick was a Cowboy at heart.
On behalf of all your shipmates,
we're gonna miss you mate. Fair winds and smooth sailing on your
final voyage. See ya in Pensacola.
Your condolences will be
most welcomed by Joy Flanagan and son Shaun.
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RICK & JOY FLANAGAN
19 LYNCH STREET
PEABODY, MA 01960
Services will be held on Saturday
Solimine Landergan & Richardson
426 Broadway (Rt. 129)
Lynn, MA 01904
On January 1, 1935, Richard Edward Flanagan was born in Fairlee,
Vermont. Rick was the first born to Henry Flanagan and Ramona
(Munn) Flanagan. He began his writing early in life and was fortunate
to have Charles Jackson (The Lost Week-end) review some of his
early short stories. Encouraged by Mr. Jackson's kind comments,
Rick continued his writing until he joined the U. S. Navy at
age 19. Upon completion of his enlistment, Rick was discharged
from the Navy and returned to college. In 1958 he married Joy
Arrighi, a Scottish lass he met while in the Navy.
Upon completion of college, Rick entered the United States Air
Force through the Officers Training Program. He served in Viet
Nam as an Airborne Weapons Controller and flew over 480 combat
missions in the early version of what later became AWACS. As
a United States Air Force officer, he was fortunate to be selected
for two unit commands and served on a variety of numbered Air
Force and Major Command staffs. Rick was educated in the public
college system and holds an advanced degree in Psychology from
Ball State University and all but the practicum for a second
Master's in Counseling. During his military career, Rick put
his writing on hold while he became a professional military officer.
Upon his retirement from active duty in 1981, Rick returned to
his first love, writing. He had always intended to write, but
somehow, there were always life challenges to respond to prior
to turning his attention to spinning a yarn. He was drawn to
Westerns through his love of the West and the life style of the
1800's. Rick has always been an avid reader and Westerns were
always high on his list of preferred reading. Rick has lived
in Colorado, California and through out the world. He enjoys
living close to the earth and still likes to spend time in the
woods and fields of New England.